Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS ON WINTER WOOD BURNING
FROM NJ DEP
With colder weather here and the holidays approaching, the state Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents from Morris County to cape May to practice safety and take steps to reduce the impact burning of wood has on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods.
“Burning of wood – whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers – can help reduce energy costs and add a cozy ambiance to any home as the weather turns colder,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
“But wood burning also emits small particles and other air pollutants that can be significantly reduced with some common-sense practices, better protecting your health as well as your neighbors’ health and creating the climate for a safer and more enjoyable season.”
For some people, even short-term exposure to wood smoke can aggravate lung or heart conditions. Children, teen-agers, older adults and people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, or heart conditions are most susceptible to the effects of wood smoke.
The DEP recommends following these guidelines for burning wood at home:
State regulations and some municipal ordinances prohibit the emission of visible smoke from outdoor wood boilers.
Wood boilers heat a fluid that is circulated in homes and buildings for heating purposes. Under state regulations, these boilers may only emit visible smoke for three minutes every half-hour to allow for start-up.
If you plan on burning wood as a major way to heat your home this winter, the DEP recommends upgrading to a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified wood stove or fireplace insert. The newer equipment will reduce air pollution and is much more energy efficient.
For more information on wood burning in New Jersey, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/baqp/woodburning.html
For more on the EPA’s Burnwise program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/